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Associations, Federations and Special Interest Groups

Aware of the importance of international cooperation for the advancement of science, INSTICC works closely together with several other national and international associations and is proud to welcome them as partners in its activities or to arrange initiatives in cooperation with them.

While several forms of partnership are welcome, INSTICC places special value in "Technical Co-Sponsorships", by means of which both associations support each other from a scientific perspective for their mutual benefit. Additionally, in this case, members of partner organizations benefit from the same registration conditions as INSTICC members.

Current Institutional Partners:

Object Management Group

The Object Management Group (OMG®) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. Founded in 1989, OMG standards are driven by vendors, end-users, academic institutions and government agencies.

Workflow Management Coalition

Founded in 1993, the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) is a global organization of adopters, developers, consultants, analysts, as well as university and research groups engaged in workflow and BPM.  The WfMC creates and contributes to process related standards, educates the market on related issues, and is the only standards organization that concentrates purely on process.  The WfMC created Wf-XML and XPDL, the leading process definition language used today in over 80 known solutions to store and exchange process models. XPDL is a process design format for storing the visual diagram and all design time attributes.

Canadian Institute of Geomatics

The Canadian Institute of Geomatics is the Canadian Not-for-Profit association that represents the interests of all groups in the geomatics community and is the Canadian member to the International Federation of Surveying (FIG), the International Society of Photogrammetry and remote Sensing (ISPRS) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA).

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

The Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society seeks to advance science and technology in geoscience, remote sensing and related fields using conferences, education, and other resources. The fields of interest of the Society are the theory, concepts, and techniques of science and engineering as they apply to the remote sensing of the earth, oceans, atmosphere, and space, as well as the processing, interpretation and dissemination of this information.

ACM SIGSpatial

ACM SIGSPATIAL addresses issues related to the acquisition, management, and processing of spatially-related information with a focus on algorithmic, geometric, and visual considerations. The scope includes, but is not limited to, geographic information systems (GIS).

Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association

The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI) has 38 members from national and regional associations, government agencies, academia and private industry, from 20 countries. The Association also has over 400 individual members from 55 countries with a high concentration in developing nations.
GSDI supports the UN GI Working Group (UNGIWG) and UN GGIM initiatives and has Special Consultative status at the UN. We promote open data principles of GEOSS and are involved in SDI capacity building activities in developing nations via the GSDI Small Grants Program and training opportunities offered by our institutional members.
GSDI are members of the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies and have MoUs with the International Cartographic Association (ICA), the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) for joint activities. The Association hosts the very successful GSDI World Conferences around the globe since 1996.

Geological and Cartographic Institute

The functions that the Institute exercises are, among many others: to elaborate the geological map of Catalonia, in various scales, and carry out mapping software, databases and information systems about soil and subsoil; to develop and maintain the seismic network; to study and assess the geological risks, including earthquake and avalanche risk; to develop and promote work, studies and evaluations in the field of geology and its related sciences; to advise and provide technical assistance in the field of geology and disciplines related to DTES, other departments and other administrations; to supervise, if requested, land geotechnical studies; to develop soil and subsoil studies; to establish protocols to be followed in the elaboration of geological, geophysical and geotechnical studies, and facilitate information gathered in the databases. Their duties are related to the competences of geodesy and cartography and about the spatial data infrastructure of Catalonia, and also the competences of promoting and carrying out the actions related to the awareness, survey and information about the soil and subsoil.

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

ISPRS,, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes international cooperation between the worldwide organizations with interests in the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences. Established in 1910, ISPRS is the oldest international umbrella organization in its field, which may be summarized as addressing “information from imagery”.
ISPRS achieves its aims by:
-    Advancing knowledge in the areas of interest of ISPRS by encouraging and facilitating research and development, scientific networking and inter-disciplinary activities
-    Facilitating education and training with particular emphasis in less developed countries
-    Promoting public recognition of the contributions of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences for the benefit of humankind and the sustainability of the environment
The ISPRS scientific and technical programs are organized by eight Technical Commissions. Each Commission is sponsored by an ISPRS Member organization for the four-year period between Congresses. The eight Technical Commissions have established more than 60 Working Groups which are responsible for particular topics within the Commissions’ areas of responsibility. All Technical Commissions hold a Symposium within their country in 2014. Smaller workshops will be organized by the Working Groups before the 2016 Congress in Prague.